Posts by: Tim Rodmaker

Effective strength and conditioning coaches conduct a needs analysis of both the athlete and his/her sport. A thorough examination of the physiological requirements of the sport is a part of this needs analysis. Depending on the demands of the sport, certain training modalities may lead to adaptations that do not...

Step into any weight room or clubhouse area in professional baseball and you will most likely find one common thread among them all. It’s not the training equipment, the sound system, or even the white boards with various workout prescriptions on them. No, in fact it is the supplement counter and when you look at...

Will Gilmore, the two-time Carolina League Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year (2017 and 2018), just completed his 6th year in the strength and conditioning field and his 4th in professional baseball. Prior to joining the Royals in 2015, he gained valuable experience by starting a training company out of his...

Every year as the season subsides coaches start to ask “what could we have done better or different.”. This helps us prepare for the additional things or changes that need to occur in the following year. Three things that are consistently evolving in our industry are testing, programming and data analysis. While...

Click the link below to see the full list of 2018 MiLB Strength Coach of the Year Winners! 2018 MiLB Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award

Morgan Gregory just completed his 8th year in the strength and conditioning field and his 6th in professional baseball. Prior to joining the Reds in 2013, he gained valuable experience working with both collegiate and professional athletes. From 2011 to 2012, he worked at D1 Sports Training in Cincinnati as facility...

Warming up before physical activity is conventional for many sports and baseball is not an exception to this practice. The starting pitcher is considered by many to be the most important position and player on game day. It is also the impression of many that with good pitching, the likelihood of winning the game is...

In my position as a strength and conditioning coach in professional baseball, I am often asked for extra work by players looking to achieve an edge. I understand their requests, as baseball history is littered with stories of successful MLB players who ran the extra miles, did the extra reps in the weight room, and...

Introduction: In athletics, muscles work in coordinated synergies to create movements and accelerate, decelerate, and stabilize forces. Athletic movements that are recruited by the nervous system are termed muscle synergies. Muscles synergies work as a coordinated unit to isometrically stabilize, accelerate, and...

Practice and Training are terms that are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same. Every baseball team and player practices, but not all of them train. Let me explain what I mean. Practice is what we universally call anything that involves throwing, hitting, throwing a bullpen, taking ground balls and fly...